Everything You Need to Know About Android 12

Android 12 is the latest version of the Android operating system, released in early 2021. It is the third most popular Android version on smartphones, with 11.97% of users. It has a range of new features, including privacy improvements, a new material design language, and support for connected input devices. In this article, we'll take a look at what Android 12 has to offer and how you can get it on your device.

When Was Android 12 Released?

The first beta version of Android 12 was released in early January 2021. Sony was the first manufacturer to start rolling out updates for Android 12 with the Xperia I III and 5 III. This was followed by updates for the Xperia 1 II, the Xperia 5 II, the Xperia Pro, the Xperia Pro-I and the Xperia 10 III in March. Finally, the 10 II began to be released in late April. Most major manufacturers, including Samsung, OnePlus, Sony and more, have already released Android 12 on at least some of their phones.

What Are the New Features?

Android 12 has a range of new features and improvements. There are numerous privacy improvements, with new indicators that visibly show if the microphone or camera is in use, even if they are in the background. Google has also announced a new material design language for Android 12 called Material You, which involves a rethinking of the entire user interface of the entire operating system. Additionally, there is a prominent chip in the status bar that shows the duration of calls.

Google has also set out to ensure that Android 12 is available on its new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones. These phones feature an on-screen fingerprint sensor, improved cameras and much more. Android 12 also offers improved support for connected input devices that vibrate, allowing users to turn them on and off and control the amplitude of vibrations or generate custom vibration effects.

How Can I Get Android 12?

Android 12 is available on most major manufacturers' phones, including Samsung, OnePlus and Sony. Additionally, Google has released it directly on its Pixel 3 line, Pixel 4 line, Pixel 5 line and 5A line as well as its Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones. OEMs have also started migrating their UX skins to the beta version of Android 12 and have started recruiting for their own preview programs.

What Else Should I Know?

Android 12 now automatically chooses a set of correlative color palettes in the system's user interface based on the colors used in the phone's current wallpaper. Additionally, it has a new Bluetooth API that will allow games to detect the battery level of connected Bluetooth controllers. Finally, users can access the power menu by pressing the power button and volume up button simultaneously.

Android 12 is an exciting update with lots of features and improvements. It is available on most major manufacturers' phones as well as Google's Pixel 3 line, Pixel 4 line, Pixel 5 line and 5A line as well as its Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones. With its range of privacy improvements, material design language and support for connected input devices, it is sure to be a hit with users.

Paul Phommajack
Paul Phommajack

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